Pink Floyd can require songs be sold by the album only, says judge

Judge rules Pink Floyd can demand songs be sold by the album only
Judge rules Pink Floyd can demand songs be sold by the album only

One of the most beloved songs from the Pink Floyd's oeuvre is Money. You can probably hear in your head the derision in singer David Gilmour's voice as he sings, "Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash." Therefore I'm prone to believe that the band's court victory, announced on March 12, forbidding the sale of individual songs off of albums meant to be presented as whole works was, as professed, protecting artistic vision and not an effort to "make a stash."

This decision, reported in the Wall Street Journal(subscription required) could have a sharp downside for consumers, if the band prices albums by the formula "number of songs x $0.99." I'd pay much more than a buck for "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," or "Breathe," but not even a nickel for dreary tunes such as "Mother" from The Wall or the demented "The Grand Vizer's Garden Party: Part 2." from Ummagumma.